Category Archives: Holidays

Music of the day – O Tannenbaum

Believe it or not, I learned one verse of this carol in German (the second one he sings here) when I was in about 2nd grade! The church we attended was founded in a German community, and many of the … Continue reading

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Music of the day – Auld Lang Syne

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Story of the day – The Little Match Girl (Hans Christian Andersen)

Most terribly cold it was; it snowed, and was nearly quite dark, and evening– the last evening of the year. In this cold and darkness there went along the street a poor little girl, bareheaded, and with naked feet. When … Continue reading

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Music of the day – Grandma got run over by a reindeer

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Music of the day – Coventry Carol

December 28 is the 4th day of Christmas, the Feast of the Holy Innocents. What are the lyrics to ‘The Coventry Carol’ about? The lyrics detail King Herod’s harrowing orders, made at the news of the birth of Jesus Christ, … Continue reading

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Story of the day – Yes, Virginia: There is a Santa Claus

On Sept. 21, 1897, The New York Sun published what was to become the most widely read letter to a newspaper. It was sent by 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who lived with her parents in Manhattan. Below is the full text … Continue reading

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Music of the day – What Child Is This?

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Story of the day – Christmas Day In The Morning (Pearl S. Buck)

Because giving at Christmas is always better than receiving, isn’t it? He woke suddenly and completely. It was four o’clock, the hour at which his father had always called him to get up and help with the milking. Strange how … Continue reading

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Music of the day – Angels We Have Heard On High

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Story of the day – The Holy Night (Selma Lagerlöf)

As part of her collection “Christ Legends” Selma Lagerlöf wrote the story “The Holy Night,” a Christmas-themed tale first published sometime in the early 1900s but before her death in 1940. It tells the story of the author at five … Continue reading

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